DES MOINES, Iowa- National record
holders Trevor Barron, Sam Crouser, Connor McCullough, Tyler Sorensen
and Lauren Chambers are just a few of the top returners who will compete
June 23-27 at the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field
Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
The USA Junior Championships will serve
as the selection meet for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships,
July 19-25, in Moncton, Canada. The top two finishers in each event in
Des Moines who meet IAAF qualifying standards will be invited to compete
at the World Championship meet.
Crouser, who is the returning javelin
champion, broke his own American Junior Record with a throw of
77.82m/255-4 June 14 at the Portland ThRose Festival. The top high
school javelin thrower in the country and one of Oregon’s top recruits,
Crouser will see competition from Devin Bogert and Derek Eager who are
looking to improve on their third and sixth place finishes from the 2009
USA Junior Championships.
Six of the top seven finishers in the
men’s 10,000m race walk will return, led by returning champion Barron,
who holds the American Junior Records in the 5,000m and 10,000m race
walks. But to retain his top place, he’ll have to hold off 2009 Junior
Championships runner-up Sorensen, who holds the Youth and
Intermediate3,000mrace walk American Records. Top finishers Alejandro
Chavez, Matthew Forgues, Joshua Haertel and Evan Vincent will also
The men’s hammer throw will feature
returning champion and 2008 World Junior silver medalist Conor
McCullough, who just finished a successful freshman season at Princeton,
and 2009 runner-up Justin Welch, who will start at Georgia in the fall.
McCullough holds the Youth hammer throw record (79.22m/259-11) and set
the Princeton school record this past year.
University of Virginia’s freshman
standout Robby Andrews will be competing in the 800m. Andrews had a
stellar performance in the 800m at the NCAA Division I Track and Field
Championships last weekend, finishing second to 2008 Olympian and
five-time NCAA Champion Andrew Wheating .
Lauren Chambers returns in the women’s
hammer throw and will lead a field that includes last year’s fifth and
sixth place finishers Patrice Gates and J’Quyra Moncur-Blue, and Shelby
Ashe. Chambers, a rising sophomore at USC, set the Youth Record last
year and also has a pending Junior Record.
Distance stars Emily Sisson, last
year’s USA OutdoorJunior Champs 3,000m runner-up, and Aisling Cuffe (NY) the
defending 5,000m champion, not only return in those events this year,
but they’ll both be adding an event as well- Cuffe the 3,000m and Sisson
Shade Weygandt, last year’s runner-up
in the pole vault, has the 14th best jump so far this year in
the U.S. Weygandt, who just finished a
successful freshman season at Texas Tech, will see competition from
Division II All American Lauren Graham and Siera Hearne.
Also look for Ashton Purvis, the top
seed in the 100m and 200m, and Alitta Boyd in the women’s long jump.
Watch the USA Championships and USA
Junior Championships online!
USATF will partner with RunnerSpace to provide real-time
coverage of all events not broadcast on television beginning on
Wednesday, June 23. Highlighted competitions include Friday’s men’s and
women’s 10,000m as well as extensive field event coverage. In addition
to the events’ video coverage, the webcasts will also include the voices
of elite athletes as commentators.
webcasts will be found on the USATF 2010 Championships page in addition
to an already posted video clip from USATF CEO Doug Logan on the
partnership at http://www.usatf.org/events/2010/USAOutdoorTFChampionships/video.asp.
The third event of the 2010 USATF Outdoor Visa Championship
Series, the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships will be televised on the
following dates (All times Eastern):
June 25 – 8:00 – 10 p.m. on
June 26 – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on ESPN
June 26 – 3:00 – 4:00
p.m. on NBC
June 27 – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on ESPN
June 27 – 3:00 – 4
p.m. on NBC
For ticket information to the 2010 Junior National
Outdoor Track & Field Championships visit:
USATF welcomes you to purchase tickets with your Visa Card.
Visa is the only card accepted by USATF.